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to physicians and to scrap the even- worse Independent Payment Advisory Board set up under the Patient Pro- tection and Affordable Care Act;


• Promoted pro-consumer insurance rules on preferred and exclusive provider organizations that foster network adequacy and protect physi- cians’ ability to freely contract;


• Filed court briefs supporting physi- cians in two lawsuits against hospi- tals over unfair practices, efforts that resulted in an $8 million settlement for physicians in one case and a court ruling for physicians in the other;


• Collaborated with the Texas Depart- ment of State Health Services on public health priorities, including women’s health, the West Nile virus, and tuberculosis control;


• Launched an online Meaningful Use Achievement Toolkit and continued support of the Texas regional exten- sion centers to help physicians meet


health information technology mean- ingful use requirements and earn Medicare and Medicaid incentives;


• Drew on the expertise of the TMA Council on Health Quality to develop policies on quality improvement;


• Sponsored its first influenza vaccina- tion clinic at the TMA Winter Confer- ence under the direction of the Coun- cil on Science and Public Health;


• Expanded TMA Foundation philan- thropic contributions to fund a record 15 community health grants;


• Created the TMA Academic Achieve- ment Award to recognize the efforts of academic physicians; and


• Sponsored the Cancer Prevention 3 Study with the American Cancer So- ciety; and


• Established a video studio to produce videos and increase the association’s presence on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook that en- hance TMA’s ability to get its message


to members, policymakers, the news media, and the public.


Looking to 2013 The Texas Legislature was not in ses- sion in 2012, but TMA worked through- out the year to build on the success it achieved in 2011 and prepare for the 2013 session. In July, TMA outlined its strategic


roadmap for state and federal advocacy initiatives for the remainder of the de- cade in Healthy Vision 2020, a compre- hensive plan for improving health care and maintaining the viability of physi- cians’ practices in Texas. The plan makes eight key recommendations:


1. Ensure an adequate health care work- force;


2. Protect physicians’ independent medi- cal judgment;


3. Promote efficient and effective new models of care;


Patients at a protest in McAllen in March 2012 rally against caps on treating dual-eligible patients. May 2013 TEXAS MEDICINE 53


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